Named scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.

For this reason, The University of Akron is pleased for the opportunity each year to assist talented, deserving students achieve their dreams, thanks to more than 1,300 named scholarships established through the kindness and generosity of thousands of UA alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations.

Scholarships truly are the best way to ensure that today’s students persist to graduation. Scholarships allow students to enroll full time and remain focused on their studies; they also reduce drop-out rates, decrease the stress of student loans, and shorten the road to graduation.

The need for scholarships grows each year, however, as students continue to face an increased financial burden in pursuit of a college degree. In fact, 94 percent of today’s baccalaureate students borrow to pay for college – versus just 45 percent in 1993. Across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2016 was $37,172; for Ohio students, that figure was $30,239.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider a gift to the MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MOVING FORWARD scholarship campaign, which is the University's most important initiative. You may also establish a named scholarship at The University of Akron, which can be created to honor a living person, in memory of a loved one, or to contribute to the growth of an area of study.

To learn more, please contact the Department of Development at 330-972-7238

How do I apply for a scholarship?

This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Lichtman, Melvin East Akron Board of Trade Scholarship for Educators

Melvin Lichtman, a community leader and owner of Portage Furniture Company believed strongly in the City of Akron and its people. In tribute to his memory, friends and business leaders created the Mel Lichtman Scholarship Fund after his death in 1989. This fund, managed by the East Akron Board of Trade, awarded scholarships to students from East Akron who were pursuing their dreams of a college education. The East Akron Board of Trade is the first organized board of the Akron Board of Trade Council.

In 2009, upon agreement from all parties to the Mel Lichtman Scholarship Fund, the scholarship was re-established at The University of Akron College of Education. This endowed award will preserve Mel Lichtman' s legacy of service to Akron by funding scholarship opportunities for students from Akron. It is hoped that many of these individuals will remain in Akron to serve the community as leaders and educators.

Scholarship recipients must be undergraduate students enrolled full-time in the University of Akron College of Education, who have completed at least one full year of college-level coursework. Preference will be given to a student or students with a GPA of at least 3.0, and who seek entrepreneurial approaches to education.

The award may be renewed each year, provided that the student is enrolled full time in the College of Education and maintains a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The student recipient(s) will be expected to make every reasonable effort to attend a meeting of the East Akron Board of Trade and also meet a representative of the Lichtman family or their designee at a mutually agreeable time and location. 

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